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Diet and Nutrition Resources Guide 

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 8:45:00 AM
Julie Matthews is a Certified Nutrition Consultant specializing in autism spectrum disorder for ten years. She will support you in making dietary changes that can significantly impact the lives of children with autism, and your entire family. At Nourishing Hope, you will receive food and supplement guidance, methods for cleaning up your home and avoiding toxins, practical instruction for healthy cooking, and support for pregnant moms and babies too! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Cleaning Up Your Child's Diet Establishing healthy food choices for your child is a life long gift. Learn and share about healthy lifestyle choices and recipes. Stay updated on the most relevant health news for your family. Through knowledge comes power...and good health! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is a national... read more
 

Funding Resources Guide 

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 8:27:00 AM
ACT Today! is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to raise awareness and provide treatment services and support to families to help their children with autism achieve their full potential. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The Jewish Free Loan Association of Los Angeles offers interest-free loans on a non-sectarian basis to individuals and families whose needs are urgent and who may not qualify through normal financial resources. Interest-free loans instead of charity fill an important gap in our social system by promoting self-sufficiency with dignity. JFLA affirms the ancient biblical requirement for interest-free lending by offering assistance to people in need with the goal of helping them to lead more rewarding and responsible lives. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Inspired by a father and a son,... read more
 

Autism Education 50% Off  

Monday, April 22, 2013 9:44:00 AM
For every person who has ever lamented that there weren’t enough affordable services for Autism treatment there is some very exciting news! The Institute for Behavioral Training offers an array of Autism specific trainings that are accessible on line so the learner can chose their classroom and their class time. The trainings are delivered by top experts in the field of Autism and each lesson is rated for it’s target market whether it is clinicians, teachers or parents, but for the first time learners are not bound by the ratings. If a parent wants to do advanced trainings they can! Some of the topics covered include: Research: Evidence-Based Techniques and Autism Research: Therapies and Treatments Available to Students with Autism Research: How Long will this ABA Program Last? Treatment/Skills Acquisition: What to Expect the First Week of ABA Therapy Treatment/Skills Acquisition: Preparing for People Coming Into My Home Treatment/Skills Acquisition: Reinforcement- How Can I Help Make This More Fun for my Child? Treatment/Skills Acquisition: How to Prompt My Child - Early Learners Communication: How do I get my Child to Ask me for... read more
 

Three Things Autism Parents Should Know About Keeping Kids Safe 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 10:29:00 AM
As parents we worry about our children’s safety. As Autism parents our fears sometimes seem endless. It’s easy to give way to your fears and tumble into a world where everything seems overwhelming…instead why not focus on what you can do to keep your child as safe as possible. Of course, there are endless things we can do to teach our children safety, but here are 3 essential elements to keeping our kids safe. 1. Rehearse, Rehearse, Rehearse!!! We all recognize the benefits of rehearsal. Can any of us imagine actors doing a play without any rehearsal? Or a school that doesn’t have fire drills? Or an Olympic Athlete running a marathon for the first time on race day? None of these is a scenario for success. We all benefit from rehearsal and experience tells us that for our children on the spectrum rehearsal is even more important. When we give them more opportunities to practice and learn our children are more likely to be successful. So rehearse safety with your kids. Have fire, earthquake and other disaster drills in your home on a regular basis. Rehearse how to respond to strangers, how to cross the street and how to seek the help of community... read more
 

Why I’m Shaving My Head Today! 

Monday, April 8, 2013 8:27:00 AM
By Shannon Penrod: High on my list of things to do today is, “Shave my head.” Why, you ask? Well the short answer is to show support for Ryan Eoff, a young dad with brain cancer. Ryan is not a close friend of mine; in fact we have never met, never even spoken on the phone. But today I will show my support for him and his family, by shaving my head. A kind person has promised to donate money to Ryan and his family in exchange for my bald head. I am thrilled to support this brave young man and to do something that I hope will help his family, if even in a small way. That’s the short answer. The longer answer is that I am participating in an exciting event called “Compassion in Action”. This is a campaign in April, during Autism Awareness Month, that asks us all to take at least one action to show compassion towards another human being. We all know that doing something nice for someone else is a great way to lift all of our spirits. We also know that our actions teach other people how we want to be treated. In a month when the light shines on our Autism community, what better way to show who we are than to show our compassion? And lastly, in a world that seems to swing... read more
 

World Autism Awareness Day 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 8:21:00 AM
by Shannon Penrod Today is World Autism Awareness Day. If you are a person on the Autism Spectrum or a parent of a child on the spectrum this can be a bittersweet day. It’s not as if anyone says, “Yippee! World Autism Awareness Day! Let’s fire up the grill and put some drinks on ice!” No. It’s not that kind of day. And the day after World Autism Awareness Day it’s not as if we all say, “Whew! Well at least we’re done with that for another year!” No. For those of us in the Autism community, Autism and Autism awareness are not things that pop up for one fine day in spring, they are an everyday thing for us. So…this World Autism Awareness Day….is it a good thing or bad thing? One of the things Autism taught me early on is that quantifying things as either good or bad is a monumental waste of valuable time. So I count Autism Awareness day as marker…How are we doing? Is my son’s world larger or smaller this year? Thankfully it is larger. Are there more kids with Autism this year than last? The tragic answer is always “Yes.” Are there more ways to help kids on the spectrum this year? Maybe but the funding still isn’t there. Are we doing enough to help our older... read more
 

New California Legislation for Telehealth 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 8:21:00 AM
There is a new bill in the California State Legislature that could use your support. AB 1231, also known as the “Telehealth Bill” would require the California Regional Centers to allow some services to be rendered with the use of “telehealth” and “teledentistry” when consumers choose this option. This would give the parent of a child on the Autism spectrum the option of getting some of their services in home via technology. Imagine a parent being able to receive their required 16-hour parent training at home instead of having to commute, or allowing children to receive instruction on the proper care of their teeth in the security of their own homes. Currently, this bill is under consideration, and your support can ensure that it becomes law. Below is a sample letter that you can customize to fit your circumstances. It is advised that you fax or mail your letter to each assembly member on the list below, OR you can email your letter to autismlive@gmail.com and we will fax your letter to each assemblymember on the committee. Together we can let our lawmakers know how important this legislation is to our families! Helpful Forms and Information: Current Autism... read more
 

Compassion In Action 

Thursday, March 21, 2013 9:43:00 AM
Have you ever felt like you were alone and no one understood what you were going through? I have to be honest, in the first year after my son was diagnosed with Autism, I felt that way a great deal of the time. For me that feeling of isolation got better over time. I was lucky that some people reached out their hands and showed me that my family’s journey was a group marathon, not a solo sprint. Those helping hands made all the difference and I am forever grateful to them. But if I’m completely honest there are still days, 7 years after we first got that diagnosis, that I marvel at the sometime complete lack of compassion for what my son has gone through, and what so many other families dealing with Autism are going through. “Where is the compassion, where is the perspective taking from people who are supposedly neuro-typical??!!!” I sometimes rage. Those moments leave me feeling powerless and I’ve decided to do something about it. Sometimes things in our lives happen that shake us to the ground and remind us what is important. Two things happened recently that forced me to look around with fresh eyes. On December 9th of last year my Mom died. I had not even caught my... read more
 
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